Is Hyperactivity an ADHD Symptom Or Just Part of Normal Childhood?
Did you know that the definition of bipolar disorder in children is about to be changed in that the age boundaries are going to be altered? This is rather important because up to now, some children as young as two or three years old have been put on mind altering drugs!
ADHD horror stories.
There are similar horror stories for ADHD where a child displays maybe an ADHD symptom or two and is immediately put on these psycho stimulants. This is just one aspect of ADHD medication madness, which has gripped the nation.
Has ADHD been invented? Are you an ADHD sceptic? Maybe you think an ADHD symptom such as hyperactivity is just part of normal childhood. Well, it is much more complex than that. The DSM, Edition IV manual is used by all doctors and paediatricians to establish whether an ADHD symptom actually means that the child is suffering from ADHD.
They also have to rule out similar conditions, which can mimic ADHD so all that has to be done rather carefully. Parents should never accept a ten-minute diagnosis as the checklists and questionnaires all have to worked through and also the child's teacher has to be consulted.
There are checklists and questionnaires to be followed to diagnose ADHD and then the doctor decides by referring to the manual. Usually if there are 6 out of the 9 symptoms present for more than six months and if these are evident in more than one setting, such as home and school then ADHD will probably be diagnosed.
When does ADHD start? There has been much discussion about the possible age of when ADHD can start or manifest itself. Up to now it was thought that it could start before the age of 7 years but recent research shows that many cases occur in the 7 - 12 year bracket. The new edition of this manual will be published in 2012 and will take this age factor into account, very probably.
Teachers as doctors? Parents are sometimes assailed by teachers who think they spotted an ADHD symptom or two and some insist that the child should be put on Ritalin or some other psycho stimulant. The dangers here are evident and professional opinion should be immediately sought to diagnose ADHD. Until this has been done, the teacher's request should be studiously avoided but her feedback will be invaluable for any diagnosis.
Other alternatives As regards medication for ADHD, there is no need to rush into the psycho stimulant camp. Everything needs to be considered and there are medical and even legal implications if a child is put on a controlled substance. All these things should be weighed up carefully.
One alternative is to take a long hard look at ADHD homeopathic remedies as there are no risks at all and the results are equal if not better than conventional meds. Why not discover a few things you never knew about homeopathy before dismissing it?
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